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Romeo Bragato viticultural award winners announced

Caine Thompson of Mission Estate Winery in Hawke’s Bay has been named the 2009 Markhams Young Viticulturist of the Year as part of the 15th annual Romeo Bragato conference.

The Fruitfed Supplies Silver Secateurs National Competition 2009 Bahco Individual Pruning title was also awarded at the conference, to Justin Renata of Gisborne.

Markham’s Young Viticulturist of the Year

The Young Viticulturist of the Year competition provides up and coming talent the opportunity to progress their skills and networking ability. The winner goes on to compete in the Young Horticulturalist of the Year competition.

Caine Thompson was the deserving winner of the award, after being judged over a number of categories including pruning ability, general viticultural knowledge, budgeting and machinery skills.

Mike Wing, of Two Paddocks in Alexandra was named runner-up in the annual competition.

Fruitfed Supplies Silver Secateurs National Competition 2009 Justin Renata of Gisborne won the 2009 Bahco Individual Pruning Trophy, recognising his outstanding grape vine pruning knowledge and ability.

The competition also featured the Individual Tying Trophy, which was awarded to Andrew Stove of Waimauku in Auckland, and the Fruitfed Supplies Team Trophy, claimed by AG Works of Hawke’s Bay.

New Zealand Winegrowers' chief executive Philip Gregan said the competition is designed to recognise the skills of New Zealand pruners.

“Pruning is an art for the grapegrower and involves many skills – from tying and cutting, to recognising vine health,” he said.

“Pruning is essential for the production of high quality wines, and its great to be able to reward excellence in this area with the Silver Secateurs competition.”

The Silver Secateurs and Young Viticulturist of the Year Awards are held in conjunction with the Romeo Bragato conference, which discusses the role science, technology and innovation plays in grapegrowing and winemaking.

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